Michael L. Burgoyne is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and joins the School of Government and Public Policy. He deployed twice to Iraq in command and staff positions and served as the defense attaché in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was a counterinsurgency trainer at the National Training Center and co-authored The Defense of Jisr al-Doreaa, a tactical primer on counterinsurgency. He served in various policy and security cooperation positions in the Americas, including assignments as the Army attaché in Mexico, Andean Ridge desk officer at U.S. Army South, senior defense official in Guatemala, and policy analyst at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Burgoyne holds an M.A. in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and an M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University. His research and writing focus on security in the Western Hemisphere, insurgency, transnational organized crime, alliances, and defense policy. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in war studies at King’s College London.